From Costa Blanca to the Netherlands

Moroccans smuggled drugs hidden in fruit and veg

Police officers have arrested several criminals who smuggled marijuana to the Netherlands, hidden in fruit and vegetables that were shipped from an Orihuela warehouse. Five Moroccan men have been arrested on drugs charges, with three of them being remanded in custody.

The Guardia Civil arrested two of the suspects when they raided the warehouse to find 24.5 kilos of marijuana hidden in cases of pomegranates being loaded onto lorry. The other three were arrested at their homes in the Costa Blanca municipalities of Cox and Callosa de Segura.

An investigation into this case began in mid-October last, when agents police -having noticed suspicious movements- started a surveillance operation on the warehouse, which appeared to have a very low level of trade initially. 

Suddenly, there was an increase in the number of lorries leaving for various European countries, but always having an interim unloading point at a small premises located in a Dutch village.

Following up on the shipments, Guardia Civil found that several bags of marijuana had been transported hidden between four pallets of parsley, which allowed, two weeks later, the arrest of the five suspects. 


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